Erin S. Bales graduated from Illinois State University with degrees in English and Children’s Literature. After a few years spent working in libraries, she returned to school and graduated from Seton Hill University with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. She currently lives in a suburb of Chicago, where she writes epic fantasy, science fiction, and cozy mysteries, works online as an editor for a fiction publisher, and is a regular blogger over at Speculative Chic. She also loves complex female characters (“complex” is the new “strong”), reading (stories are life), travel (especially to cold, snowy places), watching (too much) TV, playing (thinking, talking about, obsessing over) BioWare video games, tasting odd snack foods (squid crisps, anyone?), and parenthetical asides.